Talk with youth about bullying:
It is important that adults understand how to communicate with youth about a bullying situation. Some children have an easier time talking to adults about personal matters and may be willing to discuss bullying. Others may be reluctant to share information about the situation. There could be a number of reasons for this: the student bullying them may have told them not to tell or they might fear that telling someone will make matters worse.
When preparing to talk to children about bullying, adults should consider how they will handle the child’s questions and emotions and what their own responses will be. Adults should be prepared to listen without judgment, providing the child with a safe place to work out their feelings and determine next steps.
“Bullying of Students with Disabilities.” Students with Disabilities - National Bullying Prevention Center, www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/students-with-disabilities/.